Felix Doubront is the young gun in the Boston Red Sox rotation. With Clay Buchholz, Jon Lester, John Lackey, and Ryan Dempster all pitching effectively, Doubront is stuck as the fifth man in the starting rotation. Now that he’s just beginning to get a real feel for the majors, Doubront has done nothing but improve. With that being said, what is his future as a Red Sox?
Doubront was acquired by the Red Sox as a free agent in 2005. Residing in Venezuela, scouts did not know if he had what it takes to pitch in the MLB. Making his debut in 2010, he was first brought up as a reliever. With nine out of his 12 appearances being in relief, Doubront posted a 2-2 record, along with a 4.34 era. Being just 22 at the time, he was already making an impact. In the 2011 season, the year of the September Collapse, Doubront made all 11 of his appearances in relief. His 6.10 era, was the main cause for concern.
He clearly didn’t have his stuff as a reliever in 2011, so the Red Sox gave him a chance to shine as a starter in the 2012 season. In 2012, Doubront posted an 11-10 record, along with a high 4.86 era. These numbers aren’t great, but they’re not terrible either. They at least earned him a spot in the rotation again this season.
Doubront has had his best season of his young career this season. With a 6-3 record, along with an above-average 3.91 era, he has been a reliable pitcher for the Red Sox. At the All-Star break, the Red Sox hold the best record in the AL, and you can say Doubront as been a solid contributor to their season success.
The way Doubront has been able to pitch this season, you would think that he would want an increased role, instead of being the fifth man. If the Red Sox don’t increase it, will Doubront possibly request a trade? He could possibly be a solid third man in the rotation for most teams in the MLB, and an increased role will just bring a lot more money to the table. Will Doubront stick to business and possibly be shipped out of Beantown, or will he accept his role and try to contribute to a possible World Series run for the Red Sox. Only time will tell.